LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed a second death and 40 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The death occurred in an individual in their 30's with underlying health conditions from an unincorporated area outside of Pasadena. Because there are positive cases across the entire County, the public should not think one location is safer than the other. Additional information regarding some of the new cases are pending completion of an investigation.
To date, Public Health has identified 231 cases across all areas in LA County, so everyone needs to practice social distancing and good public health hygiene.
Public Health is investigating these cases and will notify close contacts who are household members, intimate partners and healthcare professionals to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are quarantined.
“Public Health extends our deepest condolences to the individual's loved ones in the wake of this tragedy," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. "In these uncertain times, one thing is clear; the spread of COVID-19 is broad. Everyone should assume that anyone can have COVID-19, and anyone could unintentionally infect others. Therefore, we are imploring everyone who can, to stay home and stay safe."
Public Health issued a Health Officer Order to prohibit group events and gatherings, require social distancing measures and the closure of certain businesses, including bars, gyms, movie theaters and entertainment centers. The Order along with guidance can be found online: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread:
Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate.
Event organizers postpone or cancel non-essential gatherings of 50 or more until at least the end of March.
For gatherings of less than 50 people, social distancing measures must be followed.
Limit gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (people older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic illness) to no more than 10 people.
This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services, including public transportation, airport travel or shopping.
If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home and call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.
Exclude employees and visitors with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms and visitors with recent travel to any country or region with significant community transmission (including communities in the US) from all schools, businesses, and gatherings of any size.
Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.
Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website.
Please see the locations were cases have occurred:
Laboratory Confirmed Cases -- 231 Total Cases
*These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation; one previously reported case was not in Public Health's jurisdiction. **Locations that were less <25000 have been added to the nearest city or community.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Spanish https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index-sp.html
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
LA County residents can also call 2-1-1
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